Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Five Ways to Have a Great Vacation...

1. Easy meals - our meal tonight includes seven ingredients: beef, red wine, coffee, ketchup, sweet potatoes, butter, frozen peas. Perfect make-ahead meal. We returned from the day to a delicious smell of roasting beef. I typically prepare most dinners when we're on family vacations - it allows for healthier and more relaxing meals.

2. Lots of laughter. Doesn't this picture just make you smile?

3. People you love.

4. Long days with nothing to accomplish. Today we visited Huntington Beach State Park. Bequeathed to the state of South Carolina by Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington, the park is comprised of 6,600 acres - including three miles of coastline. Beautiful salt marshes contain alligators, mink, and bald eagles.

Anna and Archer built a moor-style brick home in the 1930's, employing 100 local craftsman to create their home, Atalaya. Anna was a world-famous sculptor - her husband was an art historian and philanthropist. Later in the week, we'll be visiting her gardens that include many sculptures.

5. Sun, sand, and waves are recommended - but not required.


  1. More lovely photos Kirsten, that new camera and the operator are producing great shots.
    Blue sky, I haven't seen that in what seems like months, and what is that bright thing in the sky? lol.
    I would kill for some sunshine although we are all not looking forward to the day it finally stops raining and the sun comes out as that will mean hot and very very very humid weather, and everything will go mouldy. I just worked out we have had almost 26 inches of rain since the beginning of Dec. That is not a typo!

  2. This sounds like my kind of holiday. Chuck in a book and some quilting and I'm there.

    I love days where nothing much is expected of me!

  3. So glad you're having a good time & hope the weather has warmed up for you a little! It's GREAT to see Paulette & Peter with such BIG smiles! They so deserve some R & R too! The pics are awesome! L.O.V.E the last pic of the fam!! Enjoy!! Tell the fam I said HI!!
    Aunt Jean

  4. love the picture of mom and dad :) great pics of everyone else, too. no doubt, its a great time away! miss you all and hope to see more pics :) ang